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The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

A clarion call for our country’s pillars to demand justice

It is time for an urgent clarion call. Given the retrograde pits inhabited by our ruling politicians and the avaricious overreach of myopic big-business bosses, the self-described pillars of our society must step up to reverse the decline of our country. Here is my advice to each pillar:

A plea to eat less meat

Human overconsumption of meat and dairy products creates serious environmental consequences. Consumption of meat and dairy requires animal agriculturalists to resort to the production of cheap and low quality corn and soy feed, which takes an immense toll on our environment.

Thank you, Joseph FireCrow

Winsted resident and nationally renowned musician Joseph FireCrow died on July 11.

He was originally from the city of Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana, but for over the past 20 years both he and his wife, Joann, called Winsted home.

In his musical career, FireCrow won a Grammy award and seven Native American Music Awards (NAMA), including the NAMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. 

During his time in Connecticut, FireCrow gave much of his time to performing at benefits for various causes and charities.

Black Lung

How Donald Jr. is like, and not like, Mama Rose

The fascinating events of last week involving President Trump’s, son, son-in-law, then-campaign manager and various Russian operatives brings to mind Stephen Sondheim’s lyric from the 1959 Broadway musical, “Gypsy.”

“Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone,” is sung to a gentleman caller interested in the talents of one of stage mother Rose’s children. Her enthusiasm for this Mr. Goldstone is not unlike the gratitude expressed to Rob Goldstone, the Kremlin messenger, by Donald Trump Jr. on being told he had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The Paris agreement and Connecticut

There was nationwide backlash to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement at the beginning of June. Connecticut promptly joined 12 states and Puerto Rico to vow to continue to uphold the agreement’s principles. This bipartisan coalition of states, called the United States Climate Alliance (USCA), aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 and meet the targets set by the Clean Power Plan, an Obama administration initiative.

Wiremaking in Winsted

Fight for health care is a fight for people’s lives

As this issue of The Winsted Journal goes to press, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the delay of the Senate’s recess to the third week in August in order to work on a health care reform bill to change the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Back in May, the House of Representatives passed a repeal and replace measure for the ACA. However, the measure has not been approved by the Senate.

The destructive power trips of Amazon’s boss

For his smallish stature, Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos has a booming, uproarious laugh. Unleashed during work days, its sonic burst startles people, given it comes from as harsh and driven a taskmaster as exists on the stage of corporate giantism.

Is Bezos outward giddiness a worrisome reflection of what he’s feeling on the inside? Is he laughing at all of us?

Alpha Dogs